July 11, 2014 - Asia Contemporary Art Week (ACAW) - FIELD MEETING: a forum during Asian Contemporary Art Week, New York
July 11, 2014

FIELD MEETING: a forum during Asian Contemporary Art Week, New York

Haig Aivazian, To Neither Confirm Nor Deny that the Matter Neither Reflected Nor Absorbed Light, 2013. Lecture performance, approximately 60 minutes. Courtroom drawing by Elizabeth Williams, based on scenario provided by Haig Aivazian.

October 26–27, 2014


Asian Contemporary Art Week (ACAW) is a dynamic platform that connects major New York and Asia-based museums, galleries, and art professionals to present cutting-edge exhibitions, innovative projects, and provocative dialogues. Returning to New York this fall for its ninth edition from October 22 to November 2, ACAW introduces FIELD MEETING as its signature program to contextualize the synergy of exhibitions organized by ACAW Consortium member museums and galleries citywide.

FIELD MEETING is a two-day forum bringing together artists, curators, scholars, and institutional leaders active in Asia and beyond to present lectures, discussions, and performances related to their work in the region. The event will be hosted by Asia Society on Sunday, October 26, and Monday, October 27. A full program schedule is forthcoming.

FIELD MEETING seeks to replicate the intimate experience of a studio visit on a communal scale through discussions that will examine individual art practices, taking into consideration the influence of local politics, history, activism, ethics, traditional artistic practices, and cross-pollination of subcultures in creative processes. Critical inquiries into the making and thinking about art in Asia also have profound implications in re-examining global contemporaneity. Other key issues addressed through the program such as generationalism and the quarter-centennial of the World Wide Web, impact Asia in diverse, meaningful ways quintessentially different from a Euro-American experience. The participation of Asian artists in international exhibitions and biennials has grown considerably, yet there remain huge gaps in these rapidly establishing connections. FIELD MEETING will address this challenge and enrich the dialogue among art professionals based in Asia and U.S. institutions to forge partnerships for meaningful future collaborations. Ultimately not subscribing to a “catch-up” role, it facilitates thoughtful processes through which the future can be critically and radically imagined.

Curators, scholars, and museum professionals will receive priority RSVP. Please register here with full name, title, and affiliation.

This event is organized by Asian Contemporary Art Week Director, Leeza AHMADY with contributions by Xin WANG.

FIELD MEETING presenters:
Haig Aivazian (Beirut), Ava Ansari (Tehran & New York), Bavand Behpoor (Shiraz, Munich & London), Burçak Bingöl (Istanbul), Umer Butt (Dubai), Patty Chang (Boston), Freya Chou (Taipei), Alexis Destoop (Sydney & Brussels), Heri Dono (Jogjakarta & Berlin), Kris Ercums (Kansas), Ceren Erdem (New York), Jeanno Gaussi (Berlin & Kabul), Shilpa Gupta (New Delhi), Lamia Joreige (Beirut), Li Shurui (Beijing), Lu Yang (Shanghai), Map Office (Hong Kong; Laurent Guttierez, Valerie Portefaix), Jewyo Rhii (Seoul & New York), Aki Sasamoto (New York), Sun Xun (Beijing), Polit-Sheer-Form Office (Beijing; Hong Hao, Xiao Yu, Song Dong, Liu Jianhua, Leng Lin), Charwei Tsai (Ho Chi Minh City, Paris & Taipei), Farah Wardani (Jogjakarta), Tintin Wulia (Melbourne), Craig Yee (Seattle & Beijing), Yu Cheng-Ta (Taipei), Zheng Chongbin (San Francisco), and more

ACAW Consortium members & participants:
Asia Society / Asia Art Archive in America / ArteEast / Edge of Arabia / ICI (Independent Curators International) / Japan Society / Korean Artist Project / MoMA (The Museum of Modern Art) / Queens Museum / Residency Unlimited / Rubin Museum of Art / Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum / Spencer Museum of Art / +91 Foundation / AIKE-DELLARCO Gallery / Art Projects International / Chi-Wen Gallery / Edouard Malingue Gallery / Galeri Zilberman / Ink Studio / Lombard Freid Gallery / MABSOCIETY / Shanghai Gallery of Art / Shirin Gallery NY / Taymour Grahne Gallery / TKG Gallery / Tyler Rollins Fine Art / Vadehra Art Gallery / and more

For more information on ACAW 2014 exhibitions and updates on FIELD MEETING and other special programs, visit www.acaw.info.

ACAW is an initiative of Asian Contemporary Art Consortium (ACAC) in association with Asia Society.

Media Sponsors: Asia Society, ArtAsiaPacific, artnet, Artsy

Asian Contemporary Art Week (ACAW)
Office: Asia Society and Museum
725 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10021
T +1 646 416 6454 / F +1 646 590 0066 / acaw [​at​] asiasociety.org

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